Adam Brand is one of Australia’s most popular and successful recording artists. In a career spanning twenty years he has sold more than 600,000 albums, won innumerable awards and built a large and loyal following that any recording artist would envy.
Twenty years is a long time to sustain a successful recording career. It should be respected and celebrated. So on July 13, 2018, exactly twenty years to the day since the release of Brand’s self-titled debut, ABC Music released Milestones…20 Years, a carefully curated collection of Brand’s greatest hits plus two new songs recorded exclusively for the project.
It’s 1997 and Adam Brand is living in the suburbs of Perth running a small business by day and singing in a country covers band a few nights a week. He had been turned on to country music when he stumbled across Boy Howdy, an American country band featuring Jeffrey Steele.
He records a demo with Martin Jenner, the brilliant but underrated guitar player (Everly Brothers, Ralph McTell, Cliff Richard) and drives solo across the Nullarbor in his XF Falcon ute to the Tamworth Country Music Festival where he busks on Peel Street, sneaks into a Troy Cassar Daley concert and hands out his demo to unsuspecting passers by.
From Tamworth he heads to Sydney to track down Melinda Schneider, a childhood friend who introduces him to Graham Thompson, then Creative Manager at Rondor Music, the publishing arm of A&M Records.
“That was a significant fork in the road,” reflects Adam. “Who knows what would have happened if I’d gone straight home to Perth. Graham listened to my demo’s, told me I could be the next James Blundell and offered me a publishing deal with Rondor.”
Adam signed to Rondor and soon settled in Sydney. Songs were written, demo’s recorded and an offer of a recording contract eventuated from Warren Fahey at Festival Records.
“I’m convinced that Warren signed Adam to Festival because of FMO – fear of missing out,” remembers Graham. “ABC Music were the dominant country label and Warren wanted to get in on it. I happened to sit next to him at a CMAA event in Sydney in 1997. People were saying nice things about Adam at the time but no one was jumping to sign him. I bent the truth a little about interest from other labels and he became very excited. The following Monday he sent us an agreement.”
Adam Brand’s self-titled debut album was released by Festival Records on July 13, 1998. The first single from the album ‘Last Man Standing’ became an instant radio hit and CMT (Country Music Television), who were serendipitously launching in Australia around the same time, saw the newcomer as a perfect fit for their target demographic.
Dirt Track Cowboys followed. It sounded fresh on the radio… riff driven country rock that featured a race call by Wade Aunger from Parramatta Speedway in place of a guitar solo. And it opened the door to a whole new audience: Revheads.
Brand developed a reputation as the hardest working artist in country music. Not content to sit around waiting for the world to make him famous, he and Thompson, who had by this time become his manager, drove from Far North Queensland to Western Victoria playing at schools and record stores. They visited every radio station, country music club and event promoter along the way. Album sales built steadily and the hard work didn’t go unnoticed.
Adam’s big break came at the 1999 CMAA Country Music Awards when he won three Golden Guitars: New Talent of the Year, APRA Song of the Year (Last Man Standing) and Video of the Year. It was unprecedented for the winner of New Talent of the Year to win any other award in the same year, let alone the prestigious APRA Song of the Year.
The big ball was rolling. Appearances followed on Hey Hey it’s Saturday, Good Morning Australia and others. Tours sold out quickly. Major festivals offered prime time spots and decent money. The record company and booking agency had a bona fide star who was willing to work hard. By September 1999 the debut album was certified gold and Adam had become one of Festival Records’ highest selling artists.
So what was it about this debutant from the suburbs of Perth who created such a stir in an industry in need of a shot in the arm?
Adam Brand’s songs resonated as much with people from the suburbs as they did with those from regional and rural Australia. He was a supreme live entertainer. But the real key to Adam’s popularity was that he conjured up different feelings in different people that were not mutually exclusive and worked to his advantage.
Young men related to him because he was a knockabout kind of bloke - down to earth, good natured and sang about cars and partying. Families liked him because he was down to earth, good natured and sang about family and friends. And to young women he exuded a sexual energy that they were attracted to but it was not so blatant that their boyfriends hated him. In fact their boyfriends liked him too for all the other reasons.
The debut album was followed in February 2000 with Good Friends. It built on the themes of the debut album and spawned numerous career songs: Good Friends, The Good Things In Life, I Did What?, Beating Around The Bush and You’re A Revhead. The singles were hits and the album won three more Golden Guitars - this time the three most prestigious: Album of the Year, APRA Song of the Year (Good Things In Life) and Male Artist of the Year.
And the big ball kept on rolling.
These remarkable early achievements set the pattern for a career that hasn’t waned in twenty years. They are the first chapters in the story of a gifted and much loved artist and his twelve studio albums, five gold albums, three platinum albums, four ARIA nominations, seven CMC OZ Artist of the Year awards and twelve Golden Guitars to date.
Subsequent chapters include an American record deal, touring with Taylor Swift, winning Dancing with the Stars and more. And it’s still being written, and it’s still going strong.
Milestones…20 Years marks the celebration of an outstanding career. It’s a collection of Adam’s greatest work to date plus two new songs: the reflective title track ‘Milestones’ and a foot stomping party anthem ‘Party Down Under’. Both were written with his “Outlaw” buddies Drew McAlister and Mike Carr and produced by Graham Thompson. It also includes an out take from the ‘Built For Speed’ album – a previously unreleased version of the Randy Travis classic ‘Forever and Ever Amen’ as well as ‘Hold My Hand’ and ‘Hard Times’ from Adam’s first demo session with Martin Jenner. And Sherriff Bullfrog – a song that Adam has long considered a lost classic held under wraps for twenty years by doubters and naysayers - finally gets it’s day in the sun.
Adam Brand (1998)
Adam Brand (1998)
Good Friends (2000)
Built For Speed (2002)
Get Loud (2004)
What a Life (2006)
Blame It On Eve (2008)
Hell Of A Ride(2009)
It's Gonna Be Ok (2010)
There Will Be Love (2012)
Get Loud (2004)
What a Life (2006)
Blame It On Eve (2008)
Hell Of A Ride(2009)
It's Gonna Be Ok (2010)
There Will Be Love (2012)
My Acoustic Diary (2013)
My Side of the Street (2014)
Get On Your Feet (2017)
Milestones...20 Years (2018)
Inspired by the Songs Without Words of Felix and Fanny Mendelssohn, this trio of exquisite lyrical miniatures explores the relationship, in life and in music, between these two talented composers.The first of the three, ‘Ornamental’, references the double standard applied to the two gifted youngsters by their father, who declared that Felix could become a professional musician, but for Fanny, music could only ever be an ornament. The middle movement, ‘Lied’ (German for ‘song’), explores the close musical collaboration between Felix and Fanny, and the way in which their individual styles came to resemble each other. In both of these pieces, composer Anne Cawrse contrasts and brings together traditional stereotypes of masculine and feminine: strength and beauty, intellect and emotion, structure and decoration.The suite closes with ‘Swansong’, a reflection on aspects of loss in the story of Fanny and Felix: the struggle to be heard and understood, the disappointment of unfulfilled potential, and the sorrow felt at the death of a sibling – Felix, shattered by the loss of his beloved older sister, died less than six months later, aged 38Songs Without Words was commissioned by ABC Classic in 2020 as part of the ABC’s Fresh Start program.
‘We’re All Fruit Salad!: The Wiggles’ Greatest Hits’ is the brand new, career-spanning compilation album from The Wiggles, released to celebrate the band’s 30th anniversary!The album is jam-packed with 40 iconic hits that have become part of the early childhood music canon. Unforgettable classics from across the band’s entire career including ‘Rock-A-Bye Your Bear’, ‘Hot Potato’, ‘Fruit Salad’, Toot Toot, Chugga Chugga Big Red Car’ and ‘Do the Propeller!’, as well as 7 brand new recordings that are exclusive to this album!Fans of The OG Wiggles (The ‘Original Guys’), will love reliving the soothing voice of Greg, scintillating guitar breaks from Murray, Jeff’s keyboard wizardry, and Anthony's commentary "What’s Next Greg?”, alongside their good friends; Dorothy the Dinosaur, Captain Feathersword, Wags the Dog and Henry the Octopus.The OGs started ‘cradle rock’, sold out Madison Square Garden 12 times and have created classics for children around the world! A few years later, Sam started Wiggling and the band kept rocking! In 2013, a whole new sound came along, when Emma, Lachy and Simon joined in on the fun!"This 30-year compilation is like looking back at a party that has been going for more than half my life”- Anthony Field (Blue Wiggle, Founding Member).This album is a celebration of The Wiggles music’s enduring appeal, and the band’s popularity with generations of families across the globe.30 years, yummy yummy!Track list:1. Get Ready to Wiggle (1993)2. Rock-a-Bye Your Bear (1993)3. Hot Potato (1994)4. Fruit Salad (1994)5. Dorothy the Dinosaur (1993)6. The Monkey Dance (1994)7. D.O.R.O.T.H.Y (My Favourite Dinosaur) (1994)8. Can You (Point Your Fingers and Do the Twist?) (1997)9. Romp Bomp a Stomp (1996)10. Go Santa Go! (1996)11. Toot Toot, Chugga Chugga, Big Red Car (1998)12. Captain Feathersword Fell Asleep On His Pirate Ship (Quack Quack) (1998)13. Food Food Food (Oh How I Love My Food) (1998)14. Here Come the Reindeer (2000)15. Wiggle Bay (2002)16. Anthony's Workshop (2003)17. Getting Strong! (2007)18. Follow the Leader (2007)19. Do the Propeller! (2013)20. I've Got My Glasses On! (2013)21. Ready, Steady, Wiggle! (2013)22. Say the Dance, Do the Dance (2013)23. Wake Up Lachy! (New 2021 version)24. Apples and Bananas (New 2021 version)25. Simon Says (2018)26. Who's in the Wiggle House? (2014)27. The Wonder of Wiggle Town (2016)28. Henry's Christmas Merengue (2017)29. Emma's Theme (New 2021 version)30. Welcome to the Lachy Wiggle Show (New 2021 version)31. I Went to the Library (2015)32. Hey, Wags! (2014)33. The Toilet Song (2018)34. Shirley Shawn the Unicorn (2018)35. Emma's Yellow Bow (New 2021 version)36. H.O.L.I.D.A.Y from ‘Wiggle Pop!’ (2018)37. Here Come The Wiggles from ‘Fun and Games!’ (2020)38. Handwashing Song from ‘Choo Choo Trains…’ (2020)39. Everybody Wiggle Along (2021)40. We're All Fruit Salad! (2021)
Morgan England-Jones soprano • Acacia QuartetA musical tale of hope.The Night Parrot is one of the most elusive and mysterious birds in the world. Believed to be extinct for 100 years, this shy, nocturnal, ground-dwelling Australian parrot with its distinctive green and gold feathers was finally spotted in the wild, and a 56,000 hectare reserve has been created to protect and nurture the tiny remaining population.Setting a bush poetry-style text created by librettist Jeff Wells, composer Jessica Wells traces in music the story of the Night Parrot, and the quest to find it and bring it back from the edge of extinction: an exploration, she says, ‘of the human endeavour that had almost destroyed this little bird, but has now saved it.’ Her music evokes the vast and sparse outback environment that the Night Parrot inhabits; it examines the predators and dangers that threaten its existence; it takes us to Victorian England and the posh drawing rooms where stuffed birds were sent; it shows us the first time a bird was held in human hands for over 130 years; and finally, it reflects on the importance of the effort to preserve the species now and into the future.Performed by award-winning soprano Morgan England-Jones and the Acacia Quartet, this is a heartwarming and uplifting musical account of one of this country’s great stories. TRACKLISTING JESSICA WELLSThe Night ParrotI. PrologueII. Will-o-the-WispIII. Channel CountryIV. The Story of a Little BirdV. PredatorsVI. The Story of a Precious BirdVII. VictorianaVIII. The Story of Pezoporus occidentalisIX. Sundown in the Spinifex (Re-enactment)X. EpilogueXI. Reflection Morgan England-Jones sopranoAcacia QuartetLisa Stewart violinMyee Clohessy violinStefan Duwe violaAnna Martin-Scrase cello
Featuring Jayson Gillham • Tamara-Anna Cislowska • Roger Woodward Eva Kupiec • Simon Tedeschi • Nat Bartsch • Sally Whitwell and many moreThe best Classical piano music to relax and unwind. Let the beauty of the piano carry you away to a world of blissful tranquillity and pure calm. This 5CD collection brings together soothing favourites by Ravel, Debussy, Chopin, Tchaikovsky, Brahms, Mendelssohn and so many more: Satie’s Gymnopédies, Beethoven’s Für Elise and Moonlight Sonata, Bach’s Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring, Arvo Pärt’s Spiegel im Spiegel, Grieg’s Morning Mood from Peer Gynt, Sculthorpe’s Left Bank Waltz, as well as classics from the silver screen, including Amélie, Cinema Paradiso and East of Eden.Performed by Australia’s finest pianists, this is the perfect album for smoothing away the wrinkles of the day and enjoying the delights that only music can bring. Treat yourself! TRACKLISTING CD11 BLAKE The Snowman: Walking in the Air2 BARTSCH/HOWARD And Until Tomorrow3 BLAKE Berceuse4 KATS-CHERNIN Eliza Aria5 ALLAN The Dean Brig o’ Edinburgh6 AGNEW An Autumn Morning7 RAVEL Pavane for a Dead Princess8 FAURÉ Sicilienne9 BACH Sheep May Safely Graze10SATIE Gymnopédie No. 2 11MOZART Variation No. 5 on Willem van Nassau12ALBINONI Oboe Concerto in D minor: Adagio13CHOPIN Waltz in A-flat major, Op. 69 No. 114POULENC Novelette in C major15GRAINGER Bridal Lullaby16BEETHOVEN Piano Sonata No. 25: Andante17TCHAIKOVSKY Mamma18TRAD The Cliffs of Moher19BLAKE Isabelle20SCULTHORPE Evocation21MEDTNER Eight Mood Pictures: Prologue CD21 BEETHOVEN Für Elise2 SCULTHORPE Nocturne No. 13 DEBUSSY Veils4 TCHAIKOVSKY Evening Reverie5 BRAHMS Lullaby6 MENDELSSOHN On Wing of Song7 CHOPIN Berceuse8 TRAD/GRAINGER The Sussex Mummers’ Christmas Carol9 SKRYABIN Étude in F-sharp major, Op. 42 No. 410SIBELIUS Berceuse 11BRAHMS Intermezzo in B minor, Op. 119 No. 112MARCELLO/BACH Oboe Concerto in D minor: Adagio13TCHAIKOVSKY The Lark’s Song14GOULD Calm15SCHUMANN Piano Sonata No. 2: Andantino16SCHUMANN Scenes from Childhood: Träumerei17SUK Idyll18BEETHOVEN Piano Sonata No. 1: Adagio19BACH Flute Sonata No. 2: Siciliano20TRAD All Through the Night CD31 DEBUSSY Clair de lune2 GRIEG Morning Mood3 ROWLAND The Man from Snowy River: Jessica’s Theme4 TRAD Amazing Grace5 FLUME Never Be Like You6 MILEY Wrecking Ball7-8EDWARDS A Flight of Sunbirds: excerpts9TIERSEN Amélie: The Argument10ROTA Romeo and Juliet: Love Theme 11CHAPLINMandolin Serenade12VINE Love Me Sweet13BARTSCH Here I Am, Just for You14KATS-CHERNIN Butterflying15BACH/HESS Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring16BIEBER Sorry17THE KNIFE Heartbeats18BARTSCH Rockabye19ISAACS Barcarolle20GERSHWIN Prelude No. 2 CD41 BACH Prelude No. 1 in C major2 SCULTHORPE Little Serenade3 SCHUMANN Melody4 GOULD Quiet5 LISZT Andantino, S.192 No. 46 VAVILOV Ave Maria7 BACH Actus Tragicus: Sonatina8 RACHMANINOFF Musical Moment No. 19 BLAKE Make-Believe10BEETHOVEN Piano Sonata in E-flat major, WoO47 No. 1: Andante 11TRAD Valse Frontenac12VASKS White Scenery13TCHAIKOVSKY October: Autumn Song14HILL One Came Fluting15MOZART Sonatina in G major16PEZOLD Minuet in G minor17PÄRT Für Anna Maria18HUTCHENS Lullaby19BACH Sleepers, Wake20SABOLY Touro-Louro-Louro CD51 BEYONCÉ Halo2 NYMAN The Piano: Big My Secret3 BEETHOVEN Moonlight Sonata: Adagio sostenuto4 DEBUSSY The Girl with the Flaxen Hair5 TIERSEN Amélie: Nursery Rhyme from Another Summer6 LISZT Consolation No. 37 GLASS Opening8 THE XX Islands9 DUDLEY Poldark: Theme10CHOPIN Nocturne in E-flat major, Op. 9 No. 211KATS-CHERNIN The Rain Puzzle12ROWLAND The Man from Snowy River: Tom Fool’s Knot13VANGELIS Missing: Main Theme14BRAHMS Intermezzo in A major, Op. 118 No. 215SCULTHORPE Left Bank Waltz16PÄRT Spiegel im Spiegel17KATS-CHERNIN All Things Conspire18ROSENMAN East of Eden: Main Theme19SATIE Gymnopédie No. 120MORRICONE Cinema Paradiso: Main Theme
Jabra Latham soprano saxophone • Douglas Coghill violaIvan James cello • James Menzies double bassAmanda Hodder piano • Meriel Owen celeste / harpPoles apart but joined in beautyThe Greyand The Bright are a contrasting pair of pieces composed for the distinctive combination of soprano saxophone, strings, piano and the magical sounds of harp or celeste. Together they exemplify the twin poles of Tasmanian composer Jabra Latham’s musical world – his soaring, lyrical melodies moving first above slow, thoughtful chords, and then over groovy, propulsive rhythms.‘I really enjoy each of these individual instruments, and the roles and colour they bring to the music,’ says Latham. ‘Perhaps more importantly, the musicians are all ripper players and fantastic people: the days we spent in the studio recording The Grey and The Bright were full of laughter and good vibes.’The Grey / The Bright was commissioned by ABC Classic in 2020 as part of the ABC’s Fresh Start program.
Dylan Crismani cristal baschet • Gabrielle Smart pianoThe surprising harmonies and sounds of Australia’s first microtonal cristal baschets chase the colours and textures of a landscape of sea, sky and hills.Early in 2020, Dylan Crismani was commissioned by Arts SA to build Australia’s first Cristal Baschet, a rare and unusual instrument of French origin: designed by the Baschet brothers around 1952, it consists of slender glass rods which, when stroked gently, produce an otherworldly sound which is then transmitted to metal rods and amplified through fibreglass cones.For this unique instrument, Dylan Crismani has written Shades of Blue, inspired by Wara Wayingga, a dune system on the Kaurna (Adelaide Plains) coastline that is still home to a plethora of native flora and fauna. Atop the system of dunes, he writes, ‘one is surrounded by various shades of blue from the ocean, sky, and Adelaide hills.’ The mysterious sound of the cristal baschet connects performer and listener with Wara Wayingga and the beauty and power of the natural world.Shades of Blue was commissioned by ABC Classic in 2020 as part of the ABC’s Fresh Start program.
Now in its 28th year, triple j’s Hottest 100 remains the most talked about and listened to radio event of the year, counting down the hottest songs of 2020.The hottest song in the strangest year of our lives came from Glass Animals. The woozy ‘Heat Waves’ refined the genre-twisting psych-pop sound that’s been the British band’s signature since first cracking the Hottest 100 with ‘Gooey’ in 2014. Its cycling guitar, sticky sonic trickery, and hip-hop inspired beats made it easy on the ear, but it’s a deceptively tragic reflection on doomed romance.This year’s Hottest 100 Volume 28 is packed full of the year’s biggest and best songs from Australia and around the globe featuring Glass Animals, Spacey Jane, Billie Eilish, Tame Impala ,Flume, Lime Cordiale, The Kid LAROI, Syccoand wraps up another huge year in music on this awesome double album!TracklistCD1:01. Glass Animals – Heat Waves02. Spacey Jane – Booster Seat03. Flume – The Difference [Ft. Toro y Moi]04. G Flip – Hyperfine05. Tame Impala – Lost In Yesterday06. The Jungle Giants – Sending Me Ur Loving07. Hilltop Hoods – I’m Good?08. Billie Eilish– Therefore I Am09. Lime Cordiale – On Our Own10. Ocean Alley - Tombstone11. Mallrat – Rockstar12. Halsey – You should be sad13. Stace Cadet & KLP – Energy14. Eves Karydas- Complicated15. Mac Miller – Good News16. Skegss- Under The Thunder17. Architects – Animals18. Birdz- Bagi-la-m Bargan[Ft. Fred Leone]19. Amy Shark - Everybody Rise20. DMA’S – Criminals21. HeadieOne - Ain'tIt Different [Ft. AJ Tracey & Stormzy]22. MashdN Kutcher – Get On The Beers [Ft. Dan Andrews]CD2:01. Ball Park Music – Cherub02. Sycco- Dribble03. San Cisco – Reasons04. The Avalanches - Running Red Lights [Ft. Rivers Cuomo & Pink Siifu]05. The Kid LAROI - SO DONE06. Bring Me The Horizon - Parasite Eve 07. Hope D - Second08. Jack Harlow – WHATS POPPIN09. Ruel – as long as you care10. Tash Sultana – Pretty Lady11. The Smith Street Band – I Still Dream About You12. Peking Dukx The Wombats - Nothing to Love About Love13. The Weeknd– In Your Eyes14. Alex The Astronaut – I Think You’re Great15. Ziggy Alberts – together16. Joji– GimmeLove17. Vera Blue – Lie To Me18. Doja Cat - Boss Bitch19. BeddyRays – Sobercoaster20. BENEE - Kool21. Genesis Owusu – Don’t Need You22. Tones And I – Fly Away
Emma Jayakumar’s Bell Birds suite is an expression of profound love for the Australian bush and its unique, audacious animals. Inspired by Henry Kendall’s famous and beloved poem ‘Bell Birds’, it’s a delightful soundscape evoking the sounds of the birds, the gumtrees, the flowers and the rich smells of the forest earth.‘I grew up in the Hills in Perth, and have just recently bought a house back up in Gooseberry Hill after living in the city, and in Sydney and London for spells of time. I’ve always been struck by how profoundly homesick I became for the sights and sounds of the Australian bush whenever I lived away.’ The Bell Birds suite draws on childhood memories of trips to the Blue Mountains on the continent’s eastern coast, getting out of the car to listen to the unique beauty of the bell birds calling.Also reflected in the music are the songs of golden whip birds, djidi djidi (willy wagtails), currawongs and bar-shouldered doves. Each movement is inspired by a line from Kendall’s poem, and the rich melodies underlying the whole suite speak movingly of the poet’s love for the land and its creatures.Bell Birdswas commissioned by ABC Classic in 2020 as part of the ABC’s Fresh Start program.TRACKLISTINGEMMA JAYAKUMAR Bell BirdsI. Largo tranquillo — By channels of coolness the echoes are callingII. Allegro luminoso — They start up like fairies that follow fair weatherIII. Lento sognando — Loiters knee deep in the grasses to listenIV. Allegro furioso — When fiery December sets foot in the forestV. Largo con dolore — Charming to slumber the pain of my losses
David Elton trumpetSydney String Virtuosi • Umberto Clerici conductorBold, bright and beautiful: a wild dance for trumpetAndrew Batterham’s Trumpet Concerto showcases the incredible spectrum of emotions the trumpet can convey in the hands of a dedicated performer. From classical to minimalism, from ballads to fanfares, the concerto culminates in a wild dance to thrill performers and listeners alike.The Trumpet Concerto was written for Australian trumpeter David Elton, currently Principal Trumpet with the London Symphony Orchestra and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.Batterham’s music cuts across musical borders and boundaries: he has written for film, TV, radio, community groups, Latin and big bands as well as the concert hall, and his music has been performed by leading artists from Jazz legend James Morrison to the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.Andrew Batterham’s Trumpet Concerto was commissioned by ABC Classic in 2020 as part of the ABC’s Fresh Start program.TRACKLISTINGANDREW BATTERHAMConcerto for Trumpet and StringsI. EnergeticII. BallladIII. Fast
The Shift is a new work for solo guitar tracing a journey out of troubled times towards a hopeful future. Drawing on her own personal experience of watching a loved one struggle with mental health issues, composer Natalie Nicolas reaches out to us all with music that offers paths through the difficult times and looks forward to better times.‘2020 was one of the hardest years our earth has seen to date, and it never really hits home how profoundly it can take toll on someone’s mental health, until we see it in ourselves or someone we love,’ says Nicolas. ‘Music has the incredible power to make people feel, and my ultimate goal as a composer will always be to create honest, emotionally evocative music to help people to feel in, a world full of pragmatism.’ In The Shift, Nicolas guides us through the shifting sands of hope and despair, darkness and light, and grasps hold of the rays of sunshine amidst the gathering clouds.The music is performed by internationally acclaimed guitarist Matt Withers, well known to Australian audiences through recitals as well as collaborations with William Barton, Sally Whitwell, the Acacia Quartet and major orchestras around the country, and as a member of the ensemble Guitar Trek.The Shift was commissioned by ABC Classic in 2020 as part of the ABC’s Fresh Start program.TRACKLISTING1 The Rain Will Go Away2 Sunbeam3 Beyond the Mist
Escape from the fuss and busyness of city living and enter a world of beauty and pure calm.From soothing rain to rippling streams, from birdsong and rustling forest leaves to the wide ocean’s waves washing endlessly onto the patient sand, nature’s symphony sings to us of new life and new hope. Like a mantra, the sounds of the natural world blend with gentle, dream-like music to create a place of healing and renewal.Two hours of tranquillity to de-stress and re-centre. TRACKLISTING Disc 1 Water 1. Endless Sea2. Lavender Stream3. Gentle Rain4. By the Lake5. The Shore6. Night Rain Disc 2 Forest 1. Blue Gum Morning2. High Forest3. Green under Sun4. Casuarinas5. Meadow Song6. Ghost Gums
Kalkaniis a musical collaboration between didgeridoo virtuoso William Barton and violin powerhouse Véronique Serret. Their unique sound draws upon the expansive sounds of our native Australian landscape, incorporating the rhythmic pulses and drones of the didgeridoo melded with contemporary violin techniques and melody.Kalkanimeans ‘eagle’ in Barton’s Kalkadunga language – a fitting title for this soaring music, created as a tribute and sign of respect to generations past, present and future. “It’s the stillness of the land and the first dawning of that breeze and the calmness that comes with the energy of the air in the morning – it’s the symphony of the earth,” says Barton.William Barton is internationally recognised as one of Australia’s leading didgeridoo players and composers, performing with top-level orchestras around the world. His album Birdsong at Dusk won the 2012 ARIA Award for Best Classical Album. Véronique Serret’s bold, fearless genius embraces music of any and every kind, from baroque to contemporary classical, folk and rock, taking her around Australia and around the world.Kalkani was commissioned by ABC Classic in 2020 as part of the ABC’s Fresh Start program.